Pirate Ships Are Sinking… or Arrrrrrrrr They?

Jack Norton spotted a news item and posted it via Indiegamer.

(He quoted this from the Pirate Bay site)

Fascist state censors Pirate Bay

We’re quite used to fascist countries not allowing freedom of speech. A lot of smaller nations that have dictators decide to block our site since we can help spread information that could be harmful to the dictators.

This time it’s Italy. They suffer from a really bad background as one of the IFPIs was formed in Italy during the fascist years and now they have a fascist leader in the country, Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi is also the most powerful person in Italian media owning a lot of companies that compete with The Pirate Bay and he would like to stay that way – so one of his lackeys, Giancarlo Mancusi, ordered a shutdown of our domain name and IP in Italy to make it hard to not support Berlusconis empire.

We have had fights previously in Italy, recently with our successful art installation where we had to storm Fortezza in order to get our art done. And as usual, we won. We will also win this time.

We have already changed IP for the website – that makes it work for half the ISPs again. And we want you all to inform your italian friends to switch their DNS to OpenDNS so they can bypass their ISPs filters. This will also let them bypass the other filters installed by the Italian government, as a bonus.

And please, everybody should also contact their ISP and tell them that this is not OK and that the ISPs should appeal. We don’t want a censored internet! And the war starts here…

So, now they are finally starting to ban illegal sites?

That sounds pretty good, right? I mean. It’s the Internet, and it’s about pirates and developers getting their hard earned money.

Something tells me that this is going to backfire.

You know why?

Because now everybody is talking about this pirate site

Rockstar Games – for example – has made it an art form to get their games banned, and that’s why everybody knows about Grand Theft Auto series. The game got banned (or was rumoured to get banned) in several countries, and it generated huge press interest. No now wonder everybody was talking about their games – after all, they were declared almost like “illegal”.

Now this type of “War Against Pirates” articles will give these sites more publicity.

Won’t believe me?

Check this out.

I bet Pirate Bay traffic will skyrocket this in the following days.


Juuso Hietalahti


  1. @jc:
    Sorry, what I meant to say was that Average Joe will inevitably lose access to something legitimate that his government simply doesn’t like.

    Think of China. An independent, open-source developer says something anti-China, and they decide to block all of Sourceforge. They’ve also blocked Wikipedia on occasion. It’s not stopping those who know what they’re doing though.

  2. You can’t stop piracy. Instead of complaining you should adapt. It’s a new business model and your only option is to embrace it or loose out. Think of it as evolution or survival of the fittest.

    Instead, put your energy into making a better product.

  3. > The only people who are set to lose out from all of this are the average Joes.

    That is what we want. Average Joes is a potential customer that will not buy if he can easily find something hack on the net. Pirating used to be from a small circle of hardcore/geek players. Now it is everybody who get pirated stuff. Making it harder for the average Joes will be a huge victory.


  4. Fighting hackers on their own territory is a lost cause. Hopefully, the governments will realize this and stop trying.

    The only people who are set to lose out from all of this are the average Joes. Anyone intended to be stopped will easily find their ways around.

  5. get over it. piracy will not go away. What is needed is not banning of sites. What is needed is new thinking from the production companies. Some musicians and music productions companies have realized this and are having succes with it.

  6. It’s great news. I hope more countries will start banning these sites in the future (starting by mine, France). Every people leaving from digital goods should be very happy about this news. It is about time!


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